After seeing the Guardian's landmark "Facebook Files" published this past week—which shed more light on Facebook's content moderation policies—I asked my network for stories of the company's censorship.

Several people shared stories. One story stood out as especially fleshed out and egregious.

What is it like when Facebook refuses to unblock a censored website? Read her story to find out more:

"Simultaneity—the awareness of so much happening at once—is now the most salient aspect of contemporary life"

– David Mazzucchelli

“A lot of people say this shows that AI is prejudiced. No. This shows we’re prejudiced and that AI is learning it.”

really getting into japanese ambient music these days, tho some could argue that it's about 5-7 years too late (but like, it's pretty timeless music and who cares about trends)

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Twitter sued Customs and Border Protection for trying to unmask one of their pseudonymous alt agency accounts. Within 24 hours of Twitter filing the lawsuit, the government withdrew its subpoena. What happened here?

I explain it all:

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uber is treating its drivers like game pieces, in the neoliberal game of amassing as much wealth as possible

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Mastodon's federation introduces UX challenges.

One that worries me a lot is about message forgery. Anyone can forge a twoot, even cross-server.

Whereas Twitter Inc might be trustworthy enough to not forge transcripts. Anyone can run a Mastodon server and might want to abuse it to influence people (see Russian troll campaigns).

Should Mastodon "home servers" cryptographically sign updates? Should there be end-to-end signatures? Anyone has thoughts on this?

Harlan Yu warns that face recognition will turn body cameras into mass surveillance, most often of communities of colour

"As long as we have an attention economy, as long as there are economic incentives to try to get a lot of attention, then we are going to have people producing content with the only aim of getting attention. And the people who are the best propagandists are the ones who are able to get their message across."

—Alice Marwick (h/t Data & Society)

also is anyone else creating multiple accounts on multiple instances? anyone know if it's possible or ideal to have ~one~ account to rule them all?

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It's kinda weird to think about a social network where businesses own their own presences, rather than relying on a capricious third party service like Twitter or Facebook. Imagine NBC or The Verge running a Mastodon instance for their reporters to toot from, or Bethesda operating an instance for PR and customer support. No more lost business when Facebook changes their algorithms again because they need more money from boosted posts.

Weird, right?

curiosity, narcissicism, social justice / networking, pun 

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